Oberhaching, Germany, 10 December 2008 -- OCLC has agreed terms with SwissBib to implement, a "Library 2.0" meta-catalogue of Swiss university libraries and the Swiss National Library. This metadata hub will provide the platform for collating and publishing the combined collections of the involved libraries. The project will also utilise the latest in search technology to build a superior end user environment for those researching Swiss academic library collections. The implementation project is scheduled to run from November 2008 to February 2010.
To realise the objective, the SwissBib selection committee has opted for a combined solution from OCLC. CBS software provides the back-end bibliographic component required to process and treat approximately 17 million records. The records from the library catalogues will be loaded in the CBS system, converted, matched and enriched before being transferred to a publishing platform where OCLC TouchPoint will provide the discovery functionality coupled with the FAST search and index engine.
The selection committee sought a simple but sophisticated discovery solution to front the catalogue and provide fast, easy and comprehensive access to scientific information in Switzerland, as it is anticipated in the longer term that the project will culminate in the replacement of the majority of OPACs currently in use by Swiss university libraries. Further, the solution also offers the potential should this become a requirement, to raise the visibility of Swiss university libraries to a global audience on the web, through its synchronisation capability with WorldCat.
Hannes Hug, head of project SwissBib said: "The OCLC metadata hub provides SwissBib with a flexible and powerful system solution, which helps to reduce the complexities of the "Swiss Library ecosystem". The combination with the discovery system gives us the possibility to deliver to our user one entry point with a modern and clean interface and help them access the materials of the majority of Swiss libraries."
Marianne Klomp, global product manager of TouchPoint said: "With the SwissBib project we can demonstrate flexible and seamless integration of CBS as the metadata management tool, FAST as the search engine and TouchPoint as the compelling end user interface. In this way an efficient back-office tool has been combined with an attractive Web 2.0 front-end so that the library staff and the end users are served in an optimal way."
SwissBib will be implemented in partnership with the library network of Western Switzerland (RERO), the library network of German-speaking Switzerland (IDS), the Swiss National Library, the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries and the ETH-Bibliothek under the auspices of the University Library of Basel. SwissBib is one of a number of projects within an over-arching program of innovation and cooperation by Swiss universities, known as E-lib-ch. It is funded by the Swiss University Conference.
More information about the project is provided on the projectís wiki: http://www.swissbib.org.